April 1, 2020
Q: Dr. Granger, as a natural, nutritional doctor and a doctor of chiropractic, what do you advise your patients and the public during this COVID pandemic?
A: First of all, follow the CDC guidelines of social distance, protecting your cough or sneeze, avoid touching your face, wash, and disinfect frequently all touched objects and surfaces. Stay home, quarantined if you have symptoms. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If a patient wishes to have our help and they have symptoms, they should stay home and call to schedule a phone consultation with Hayley or I and we can help strengthen their immune system.
Q: What should a person do if they have no symptoms?
A: We recommended all people strengthen their immune systems as much as possible, as soon as possible.
Q: How can a person do that?
A: Avoid immune weakening food such as refined sugar products, cookies, cakes, candy, soda pop, bread, pasta, chips, grains such as wheat, oat, corn and soy, deep-fried, processed foods, and fast foods.
Eat foods which are immune-strengthening such as organic and fresh meat, fish, eggs cheese, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and fermented foods. Also, take powerful immune strengthening supplements based upon your nutritional testing. Some basic suggestions are 4 g (4,000mg) of vitamin C per day, vitamin D3, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Q: Why is it so important to have a strong immune system?
A: People with strong immune systems will have minimal or mild symptoms with this virus. People with weak immune systems are vulnerable to severe symptoms and hospitalizations.
Q: What else can I do to feel happy and healthy?
A: I suggest that people take a walk, enjoy nature, and relax. Watch or read uplifting materials. Exercise in your home with dumbbells, pushups, and crunches.
Q: Will the CDC’s recommendations prevent the majority of people from being exposed to the virus?
A: The purpose of the CDC’s recommendation is not to prevent the population from being exposed. The purpose is to slow down the rate of virus exposure so that healthcare facilities and hospitals are not overwhelmed.
Q: What is the likelihood that people will be exposed to the virus?
A: The CDC says that most of the population will be exposed to the virus in the coming months.
Q: If virtually everyone will be exposed to the virus, why is there such hysteria about isolating everyone from each other?
A: The CDC and the government are primarily trying to “delay” and slow down exposure in order to “buy time” to gather resources to treat the weakest and sickest members of society. This is necessary. My recommendation is:
- Instruct and encourage the public to strengthen their bodies and their immune systems to prepare for the inevitable exposure.
- Allow the young, strong, and healthy to continue to work and live active lives.
- Continue to isolate people who are at high risk; sick people, older people, and those with pre-existing health conditions.
Q: If people are eventually going to be exposed to the virus, what should people do to avoid coming down with a severe illness?
A: It is absolutely imperative to use the time we have now, to build and bolster the immune system.
Q: What are the signs of a weak immune system?
A: Here at Nutritional Wellness we can test a person for a weak immune system.
In the absence of testing, the following signs and symptoms might indicate a weak immunity: low energy, chronically low energy; allergies; autoimmune conditions such as Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis; difficulty with digestion such as bloating, constipation or diarrhea; cold hands or feet; skin rash; frequent fever illness or sore throat; joint pain.
Q: What does the immune system do?
A: The immune system guards the body against destructive microbes. When a virus enters the body, specialized white blood cells respond by attacking the virus/bad bugs then building antibodies that destroy it. The antibodies also will remain in your body so that you have future immunity to that particular virus. A healthy body has antibodies to thousands of bacteria and viruses. This is why a healthy person is rarely sick or if they are, it is a mild event.
Q: What happens when a person with a weak immune system is attacked by this virus?
A: The weak person has a shortage of resources and slow responses. Rapid immune response requires a body that can create a fast mobilization of fluids into and out of the region of infection. The body needs fast production and movement of specialized cells, enzymes, and antioxidants. If the person’s circulation is slow and the antioxidants, building blocks, and raw materials (nutrients) are lacking; if the person has existing health problems and medications, the virus may have the upper hand and win the battle.
Q: Should non-symptomatic people wear face masks?
A: Current CDC guidance is that healthy people don’t need to wear masks.
Q: Thank you, Dr. Granger.
A: Thank you and be well!